Zoning Updates and Changes

Recent Zoning Ordinance Amendments

Residential Districts (Article III. Sec. 24-43) - Amended 4/10/17

Mixed Use 1 and 2 Districts (Article V. Sec. 24-83) - Amended 4/10/17

Exterior Lighting (Chapter 6. Article XII. Sec. 6-385.) – Amended 4/10/17

Central Business District (Article IV. Section 24-69) – Amended 4/23/18

Landscaping Ordinance (Article XI. General Provisions, Sec. 24-191) - Amended 4/9/18

Site Plan Review (Article XI., multiple sections) - Amended 4/9/18

Medical Marihuana (Article VIII., Article XIX., Article IV., Article VI., & Chapter 6. Article XX.) - Amended June 11, 2018

Zoning Ordinance Amendments In Process

Missing Middle Housing Code Review (Mixed Use-Article V. Sec. 24-83 and Residential Districts-Article III. Sec. 24-43) Ordinances

-Initial discussion at November 14, 2018 Planning Commission meeting (Staff Memo link) (Presentation link)

-Follow-up discussion at February 6, 2019 Planning Commission meeting (Staff Memo link) (Presentation link) - On hold

Mixed Use Districts (Article V.) and Architectural Compatibility Ordinances

-Discussion at May 1, 2019 Planning Commission meeting (Staff memo link) (Presentation link) (Amendment draft link)

-Public Hearing at August 21, 2019 Planning Commission meeting - (Staff memo, presentation, and amendment draft link)

P-1 (Vehicular Parking) District (Article VII.)

-Public Hearing schedule for August 7, 2019 (Staff report link) (Parcel list link) - Tabled

Industrial Districts (Article VI.) and Definitions (Sec. 24-452)

-Discussion at May 15, 2019 Planning Commission meeting (link)

-Public Hearing at June 19, 2019 Planning Commission meeting (Staff Report link) (Presentation link) - Recommended for approval

-Public Hearing at August 26, 2019 City Council meeting - (Staff memo, presentation, and amendment draft link) - Approved

Access Management and Off-Street Parking

-Public Hearing at June 19, 2019 Planning Commission meeting (Staff Report link) - Tabled

-Public Hearing at August 21, 2019 Planning Commission meeting (Staff memo, presentation, and amendment draft link) - Approved

Marihuana Ordinances

-Public Hearing at October 2, 2019 Planning Commission meeting (zoning draft, regulatory draft) - Recommended for approval

-Special Meeting at October 21, 2019 City Council meeting (zoning ordinances, regulatory ordinance, meeting packet) - Approved

For More Information

Contact Justin Lyons, Planning Manager

Water Safety Information

The City of Ferndale performs regular water sampling and testing in accordance with the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act, and we continue to surpass water quality standards as mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). The City provides comprehensive information about lead, chemicals, and other contaminants. For more information, see below.

Lead and Your Public Drinking Water

Surpasses EPA water quality standards, per GLWA testing

The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) oversees mandatory annual testing of each of their community water suppliers. Most recent testing, courtesy of the 2018 Consumers Annual Water Quality Report, shows levels that once again exceed regulation requirements and standards. To learn more about lead testing and water safety, view Lead and Your Water Supply: An Informational Guide.

PFAS and Your Public Drinking Water

Not detected in any water supply, per GLWA testing

The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) oversees mandatory testing of their water supply to ensure that PFAS, or chemical perfluoroalkyl substances, are not present in community drinking water supplies. Most recent testing of water in five sources (Detroit-based Water Works Park, Springwells, and Northeast water treatment plants, Allen Park-based Southwest Water Treatment Plant, and Lake Huron), performed 2222, confirmed that PFAS was not detected at any level/in any water source. You can view the report for more information.

PFAS Report: Southeast Ferndale

February 2019: The City of Ferndale learned from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (now EGLE) of the discovery of PFAS at the privately owned business property located at 1221 Farrow Street, Ferndale, identified as MacDermid, Inc.—a small chemical manufacturing and warehouse facility. Monitoring occurred at the bases of two former waste lagoons, and contamination appears limited to a small, perched zone of groundwater. The designation of this groundwater prevents it from being used as a drinking water source, and stormwater runoff from the contaminated area is captured and treated before discharge to the GLWA. Because this is a reportedly contained issue on private property, EGLE is working directly with the business/property owner(s) to excavate and re-sample. MDEQ recommended no community outreach at this time; the City has elected to publish this information in an effort to maintain transparency and information.

For more information, view the MDEQ report or contact the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy.


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